Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, GA, on Tuesday, January 15th in 1929, becoming a national icon in the civil rights movement in America and around the world—including my native South Africa during apartheid. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee,...
The artist, Paul Klee, as musician

The artist, Paul Klee, as musician

The highly individualistic artist, Paul Klee, was born in Switzerland to a German music teacher and a Swiss mother. He studied voice, piano, organ, and violin at the Stuttgart Conservatory, and, at the age of 11, he became a member of the violin section of the Bern...
The December podcast of my Booknotes series on WBJC

The December podcast of my Booknotes series on WBJC

The tradition of Jolabokaflod is relatively new to me, but it’s one I adore. Every year since World War II, when paper was one of the few things not rationed in Iceland, Icelanders have given books for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, they exchange books and then...
Concentric circles within the Baltimore writing community

Concentric circles within the Baltimore writing community

Rafe Posey was a name I heard when I was pursuing my MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore—though his concentration was fiction, whereas mine (at that stage) was creative nonfiction—and so I was interested to see his name pop up...
Carefully venturing into art exhibitions again …

Carefully venturing into art exhibitions again …

“It was your work that filled my life.” Etta Cone to Henri Matisse, 1948 Listen to curator, Katy Rothkopf, cover these marvelous exhibitions in four minutes by clicking on the link below! Henri Matisse & Juan Gris at the...
Marking Juneteenth

Marking Juneteenth

Juneteenth—or Jubilee Day, Black Independence Day, Emancipation Day—has been marked since June 19, 1866; the first anniversary of General Order No. 3 that Union General Gordon Granger issued on June 19, 1865. The Order conveyed the news of the Emancipation...